Our Best Friday: Justin Bieber, dinos, ‘Giselle’, Snoh Aalegra, ‘Grape’, ‘Runestone’

justin bieber
A pop star for almost half his life, the 28-year-old Biebs have gone from adorable Canadian teenager to tattooed Hollywood husband with a new religious commitment. On his first tour since 2016-2017, he’s promoting last year’s hit “Justice.” Despite the title and a few snippets of Martin Luther King speeches, it’s mostly a collection of pop and R&B-tinged love songs. With the new record, Bieber becomes the first male artist to have his first six studio albums at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart. Material from “Justice,” including “Ghost” and “Peaches,” will dominate the concert’s set list. But Bieber hasn’t forgotten “Baby” and “Sorry.” The openings are Eddie Benjamin, Teo and Jaden, sons of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. (7:30 p.m. Fri. Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls., $62.50-$202.50, axs.com.)

Dinos on a walk
Get up close to colossal sized dinosaurs and dragons in this walkthrough experience. The Dino & Dragon Stroll features advanced animatronic and sound technology for realistic creatures. Dinosaur sizes range from small babies to a 20-foot-tall Brachiosaurus, a 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus, a 24-foot-tall Apatosaurus, and the popular 28-foot-tall short-armed T-Rex. Activities include story time and craft stations. For an additional fee, kids can ride scooters, inflatables, and stationary rides where they can experience what it would be like to ride a dino. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. $29.45. RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. dinosroll.com.)

What could say Mother’s Day weekend more than a ballet about a gang of revenge-seeking virgin spirits whose main business is dancing men to death? Twin Cities Ballet’s “Giselle” has it all: seduction, ghosts and redemption. One of the most famous ballets in the canon, it is set to music by the 19th-century French composer Adolphe Adam. (Casual performance 10:15 a.m. Friday. Also, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $28-$40, Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, 952-895-4685, ames-center.com.)

“A Raisin in the Sun”
Postponed days before its scheduled January opening due to groundbreaking COVID cases, Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama finally debuts on Friday. Its main characters are members of the Younger family of Chicago, mourning the death of their patriarch but hoping that an insurance payout will help them achieve long-thwarted dreams. (7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls., $26-$80, 612-377-2224 or guthrietheater.org.)

Snoh Aalegra
Now based in Los Angeles, the Swedish singer has created enough buzz to be named Best New Artist at the 2020 Soul Train Awards and Best New R&B Artist at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Mentored by Prince for a time, she embraces R&B chill at the current on his latest “Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies” of 2021, addressing a turbulent relationship with grace instead of volume. Tyler, the creator, pumps up the energy with a verse on the joyful “Neon Peach”, his latest single, and adds to the climax, the deliciously melodic “In the Moment”. (8:00 p.m. Sun. Armory, 500 S. 6th St., Mpls., $34 and up, ticketmaster.com.)

Tai Greens
The hottest young newcomer to KDWB Jingle Ball last December – the one who also performed “live” – this 26-year-old Californian singer/rapper returns for a late headlining set. His Michael Franti-flavored rap/pop hybrid “AOK” became a timely hit last summer to capture the easing of people’s COVID tensions. He and his band have a lot more feel-good songs and wacky stage presence too. (7 p.m. Tuesdays, Varsity Theater, 1308 SE. 4th St., Mpls., $48 and up, ticketmaster.com.)

‘Runestone! A rock musical
The Swedish-American hustle and bustle around the Kensington Runestone and the misadventures of Olof Öhman are given a musical punk, pop, heavy metal and rock treatment in a production by writer and lyricist Mark Jensen and music by Gary Rue. The story centers on the Swedish-born farmer who, in 1898, unearthed an alleged ancient stone telling the story of the Vikings’ arrival in Minnesota. He was later reviled for being a fraud. First developed by the History Theater’s Raw Stages and Second Stage programs, the musical was originally slated to debut in 2019. (7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through May 29, History Theater, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul, $45-$60, 651.292.4323, historytheatre.com.)

The singers
“Considering Matthew Shepard” is an oratorio created by Grammy-winning Minnesota-born choir composer and conductor Craig Hella Johnson. The singers will perform a work that employs elements of the passions, gospel, blues and musical theater of JS Bach to explore not just tragedy, but a path to forgiveness. (7 p.m. Saturday, Kracum Performance Hall, Carleton College, Northfield, free; 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, $5-$35; 7 p.m. May 14, St. Michael’s High School- Albertville Performing Arts Center, 5800 Jamison Av. NE., St. Michael, free; 3 p.m. May 15, Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S. 4th St., Mpls., $5-$35; singersmca.org. )

“The Booze Club Bucket List”
Four women discuss big changes in their lives while drinking exotic drinks in a comedy/drama that sounds a bit like “Steel Magnolias.” Friends of Maureen Paraventi’s 2016 play get together weekly for no-holds-barred confabs on topics like hot flashes, ex-lovers, and cringe-worthy first dates. “It’s like a book club but without all the downsides of reading,” one said. Twin Cities director Rachel Flynn is directing this regional premiere for the Freshwater Theatre. (7:30 p.m. Saturday, Monday, Thursday-Friday, Crane Theater, 2303 NE. Kennedy St., Mpls., $25, freshwatertheatre.com.)

Band-Aid for Ukraine
A cool band of Twin Cities rock and Americana music veterans unite to raise money for Ukrainian war relief, including Dean of Lennon Tribute Curtiss A, Piano Boogie Queen Davina Lozier, traditional country darlings Trailer Trash, garage-rock howlers the Hypstrz, Mia Dorr & the Funkin’ Bluesers, the Jiggs Lee Invasion and Harrison Street. The Ukrainian Village Band is the host, and all proceeds go to standwithukrainemn.com. (3:30 p.m. Sunday, Minnesota Music Cafe, 501 Payne Av., St. Paul, donations at the door or in line.)

Back home in the moonlight’
Jungle Theater Artistic Director Christina Baldwin joins her sister Jennifer Baldwin Peden in this lyrical meditation on the poetry of their late mother. Fern Baldwin wrote about the valleys and peaks of life, and composer Daniel Nass set this work to music. Ben Krywosz conducts this intimate chamber opera under the musical direction of lyricist Sonja Thompson. (7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and some Monday-Wednesday performances. Through May 29. Nautilus Music-Theater, Northern Warehouse, 308 E. Prince St., #190, St. Paul. $10 to $35. tix.gobo.show/moonlight.)

Kassa as a whole
The mix of hip-hop and jazz has evolved into an organically dissolvable genre in its own right, and Overall is at the forefront of that. The Seattle-raised, Brooklyn-based drummer/rapper/producer studied at Oberlin with current master drummer Billy Hart and has forged his own path since his 2019 debut, “Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz.” During the pandemic, Overall released two remix albums in tribute to DJ/producer Madlib. By turns playful, political and sonically deep, “Shades of Flu” puts songs from everyone from Jon Batiste to Archie Shepp into a blender without undermining their essence. (8 p.m. Fri., Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. $28.50-$30. walkerart.org.)
Britt Robson

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